Merchant Family History

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Merchant Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a buyer and seller of goods, from Old French, Middle English march(e)ant, Late Latin mercatans (see Marchand). Indian (Gujarat and Bombay city): Muslim and Parsi occupational name for a trader, from the English vocabulary word merchant.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Marchand, Marchant, Marciante, Dechant, Marchal, Morant, Demerchant

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Merchant Family Origin

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Merchant Family Occupations

What did your Merchant ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Merchant. 4% of Merchant men worked as a General Labourer and 53% of Merchant women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Merchant were Farm Labourer and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    4%
  • Builders Labourer
    2%
  • Railway Clerk
    1%
  • Farm Labourer
    1%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    53%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Merchant Historical Records

What Merchant family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 241,000 census records available for the last name Merchant. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Merchant census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Merchant. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 20,000 military records available for the last name Merchant. For the veterans among your Merchant ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Merchant Life Expectancy

What is the average Merchant lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Merchant life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Merchant in 1942 was 24, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Merchant

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Merchant ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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